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F/o. H.Rubenstein 424 squadron RCAF


I,m Looking for info/picture of F/o. H Rubenstein RCAF.
He was the bombadier of the F/s.Cozens crew.
This plane ,Lancaster ME-456 crashed on 21-02-1945 
but where?
Hi jump out of his plane and came down in the outkits
off Linne-Netherlands.

The next night one of the downed pilots, a Canadian, crawled into the field in front of the company. A GI seeing a figure crawling towards him nearly shot him. The GI asked for the password but the pilot didn't respond. The GI yelled " Stick your damn head up and I'll blow it off." That got a response from the Canadian who recognized the American accent and called out who he was. He was wet, tired and hungry, so we fed and warmed him before we sent him to the rear. We wondered how he had made it into the little triangle of land formed by the Roer, the Maas and front lines.

If you can help please let me know...........

Regards, Michel


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Hi Michel;

Don't have an exact location, but from my notes the aircraft crashed on approach to its target, Dortmund, and came down on the Allied side of the lines. It had been struck by flak, and then attacked by a night fighter.

Bill Walker Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers
K for Kitty Crew


Hi Michel,

Further to Bills' comments, these details come from Chorleys volume 6, page 83.

424 Squadron, Lancaster 1,  ME456,  QB-K,  Operation ' Dortmund'
Take off 21:36 hrs from Skipton-on-Swale, 21-22nd of Feb 45. Hit by flak while running towards the AP and not long afterwards a night-fighter struck. As a result, the two starboard engines failed as did the hydraulics. The Allied lines were regained where five crew managed to bale out but two drifted back into enemy territory. A brilliant forced landing was executed, for which F/S Cozens RCAF was duly awarded the DFM, gazetted 18 May 1945.
Sgt. Kublin RCAF has no known grave.

The crew list reads as such .........

Sgt. JR Kublin RCAF      KIA.
F/O H Rubenstein  RCAF
Sgt. J Butler  RCAF    PoW.
Sgt. AT Skett  RCAF   PoW.
Sgt. EJ Rhodes  RCAF

Footnote - Operations for the 21st-22nd Feb 45 resulted in approx: 70 aircraft being lost on this night.

Operation code names were - Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Monhein, Duisburg, 
Worms, SIS, Gravenhorst.




The version I have states that shortly after releasing the load they were attacked first by a night fighter which did some damage and then were hit by flak. It was not known what caused all the damage. Shortly there after they were again attacked by a night fighter. At 01:32 at about 5,000 feet the crew was ordered to bale out. Most complied except the navigator who was delayed by the bomb aimer,s chute opening in the aircraft. At about 2,000 feet the pilot decided to execute a belly landing and feathered the remaining 2 engines and glided in for a fairly smooth landing at approx 01:40. Surprisingly, the flt/engineer, 3rd to bale out has no known grave.



Hi Guy's,

Many thanks for your info


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